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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing careers, jobs and qualifications

Want to live off the land? Want to pick-your-own perfect job? The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector is amazingly diverse and offers a fertile field of exciting job and career opportunities.

Land-based and environmental careers are a perfect choice for anyone who wants to work in the great outdoors in an agricultural setting or who would like to conserve the landscape or work with animals or on environmental issues. From animal care to aquaculture, floristry to pig-keeping, this industry is as challenging and rewarding for start-out apprentices as it is for managers and technical workers.

Land-based careers in agriculture, forestry and fishing can include anything from community forestry to fisheries management, arboricultural surveying to farm machinery maintenance – all these occupations require a range of specific skills and qualifications. Whether you have a great love of nature, an affinity with animals or if farming is in your blood, it’s the twenty-first century so it’s important that you also have good IT and computing skills, management and communication skills, the relevant qualifications and some work experience.

Primarily focused on jobs in agriculture, forestry, fishing, the environment and animal care the industry needs to recruit more than 100,000 people over the next ten years and there are plenty of exciting opportunities out there for the right people.

A farrier at workWhen it comes to growing your career, the agricultural, forestry and fishing industry has plenty to offer. For aspiring travellers, there are jobs in aquaculture include working with sea life all across the world.

For people who want to work with animals, there are lots of roles in environmental conservation, veterinary science and animal care and for the technically-minded, there are opportunities  to work with hi-tech agricultural machinery, tools and equipment.

Apprenticeships in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector allow individuals to develop job-specific skills by working in a practical environment, whilst also achieving recognised qualifications and earning a wage. There are apprenticeships in many areas including land-based engineering, veterinary nursing, game and wildlife management, in trees and timber or equine studies.

Work experience and volunteering opportunities in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries will give you the chance to experiment and find out exactly what you might enjoy doing. They also look great on your CV and are a good way to show employees, agricultural colleges and universities that you have an existing knowledge of what real, working life is like in your chosen land-based subject, especially when it comes to interviews.

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Exciting alternative to school with Capel Manor College

Discover a world of exciting career opportunities in the outdoor industry with Capel Manor College, London’s largest land-based college. Capel is an amazing place, the tutors are friendly, enthusiastic, motivated and always willing to help. I am studying horticulture, it’s the best thing I have ever done.” Tom, current student We have centres at Crystal Palace Park, Enfield, Gunnersbury Park, ... Read More »

Landscape architecture

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Don’t let the grass grow under your feet – design yourself a career in landscape architecture! What is landscape architecture? Landscape architecture shapes the world we live in, combining nature with manmade structures. Do you picture yourself working with the natural environment, bringing nature into our cities and towns and enhancing the beauty of public spaces? If so, you could ... Read More »

Land-based careers

When it comes to growing a great career, opportunities in the land-based and environmental sector are ripe for the taking. BY Sam Pegg The land-based and environmental sector offers a refreshing and extensive range of job opportunities at all levels, from forestry (trees and timber) to floristry, agriculture to animal husbandry and environmental to equine care. You can read about ... Read More »

Equine jobs and careers


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